Water Safety Tips for The Summer

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Enjoying the sun during the summer holidays often means spending time in or near water. Whether it’s a paddling pool, lake, river, or the sea. While taking a dip can be refreshing, staying safe is essential for all involved.

Here are a few water safety tips to ensure you have fun and stay safe wherever you go this summer.

Supervision is Essential

Children must always be supervised in the water. While it might be tempting to assume they are safe with a rubber ring or armbands, these should never be solely relied upon. Inflatables can sometimes be more hazardous, as children may struggle to right themselves if they tip over. Always stay within reaching distance to ensure their safety and keep one eye on them at all times.

Pools and Paddling Pools

Swimming pools often have varying depths, and it can be easy to misjudge where the shallow end transitions to the deep end, especially in private pools without clear markings. To ensure safety, familiarize yourself with the pool depths before your children jump in for the first time, as it may be too deep or too shallow for them.

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  • Verify Pool Safety in Advance
  • Choose accommodations with fenced pools equipped with locking gates to ensure child safety.
  • Inspect Upon Arrival
  • Check the property for any ponds and confirm that the pool is secure for your child.
  • Constant Supervision
  • Always supervise children when they are playing in or near water, and ensure you remain sober.

Early Swim Lessons

  • Teach children to swim from an early age to build their confidence and skills in the water.
  • Discuss Water Safety
  • Talk to your children about staying safe in ponds, lakes, rivers, and seas, and always discourage them from diving into unknown depths.

Lifesaving Lessons

To make the most of your time in the water, begin teaching your children to recognise and observe water safety signs. Such as “no diving,” “no swimming,” and “deep water,” as early as possible.

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Also, teach them to always follow the guidance provided by lifeguards and indicated by flags to show where it is safe at the beach –

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Water Safety Code

As well as teaching your little ones about the different safety signs and flags, you should also teach them the water safety code, according to the RoSPA website, the code is as follow:

  • Stop and think – Spot the dangers
  • Stay together
  • In an emergency: Float
  • Call 999 or 112

The Dangers of Water

Some dangers to water include:

  • It can be very cold
  • There may be hidden currents
  • It can be difficult to get out (steep slimy banks)
  • It can be deep
  • There may be hidden rubbish, e.g. shopping trolleys, broken glass
  • There are no lifeguards
  • It is difficult to estimate depth
  • It may be polluted and may make you ill
  • How you can help if you think someone is drowning
  • Dial 999.

You should do everything possible to avoid getting into a dangerous situation in the first place.

Think of your own safety first and never put yourself in danger.

Throw a buoyancy aid to them, and only go in if you have been trained how to help someone. A drowning and panicking casualty can quickly pull you under.

If the rescue is too dangerous, wait until the emergency services arrive.

Water activities are a fantastic way to enjoy the summer. They offer fun and refreshment for the whole family. However, it’s crucial to respect the power and unpredictability of water. By supervising children closely, ensuring your accommodation is safe, teaching early swim lessons, discussing water safety, and recognising important safety signs, you can ensure that your summer is both enjoyable and secure.

Always remember, that water is fun, but safety must come first.

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